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  • Obama Never Told 21 States Russians Were Hacking Their Voting Systems

    08/16/2017 5:26:01 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/15/17 | Richard Pollock
    State election officials still don’t know which 21 of their jurisdictions Russian hackers targeted, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned. Secretaries of state — who are the top election officials in 40 states — told TheDCNF they were shocked to learn of the Russian hacking when Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials first divulged it at a June 21, 2017, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing. “We can’t find any secretaries of state who say they have been told they are part of this list of ‘targeted’ states.” said a spokeswoman for the National Association of Secretaries of...
  • Russias Mini Red October Subs Will Lack Advanced Propulsion System

    08/16/2017 7:22:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | AUGUST 17, 2017 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Project 677 Lada-class diesel-electric attack submarines will lack air-independent propulsion systems (AIP) for the foreseeable future, the head of Russian-state owned Admiralty Shipyards, Alexander Buzakov, revealed in a recent interview with Russian media this month. Buzakov confirmed that the third and fourth boat of the class will operate without AIP. AIP vastly improves the underwater endurance of a submarine by allowing it to operate its propulsion system without access to atmospheric oxygen. Given that there is less need for AIP subs to surface or use a snorkel to charge their batteries, the stealth capability of any boat fitted with this...
  • High court nixes European suit against R.J. Reynolds

    06/20/2016 10:13:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 10:51 AM EDT | Sam Hananel
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the European Union cant pursue a lawsuit accusing tobacco giant R.J Reynolds of taking part in a global money-laundering scheme that sponsored cigarette-smuggling in Europe. In a 4-3 ruling, the justices said the EU has no right to sue in U.S. courts because federal racketeering laws dont allow recovery for injuries occurring outside the United States. The EU and 26 of its member states allege RJR coordinated the scheme with the help of Colombian and Russian criminal groups and laundered money through New York-based financial institutions. The EU claims the companys actions hurt the...
  • Special counsel's Russia probe loses top FBI investigator

    08/16/2017 11:49:38 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 16, 2017 | MIKE LEVINE
    One of the FBI's top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, has left Muellers team, sources tell ABC News. The recent departure of FBI veteran Peter Strzok is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that by all public accounts is charging full-steam ahead. Just last week, news surfaced that Mueller's team had executed a search warrant at the Virginia home of Donald Trumps former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. And the week before that ABC News confirmed Mueller is now using a...
  • Drive Russians Bananas With Rockets In Boxes: CSIS On Hidden Missiles

    08/15/2017 8:44:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | August 14, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    All warfare is based on deception, Sun Tzu wrote 2,500 years ago. Its a lesson the US military largely forgot after the Cold War, when we got in the habit of building huge, easily targeted bases. Now we must relearn deception as Russia, China, and other adversaries field, not only their own precision weapons, but the satellites, drones, and other sensors to find targets for them. But what does deception mean in the 21st century? Once it required recruiting courtesans as spies and camouflaging troops with tree branches and green facepaint. Now it involves putting out fake news on Facebook...
  • Is This China's DF-21D Air Launched Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Toting Bomber?

    08/15/2017 7:27:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Drive ^ | AUGUST 15, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Pictures have surfaced from China's internet supposedly showing a new derivative of the People's Liberation Air Force's Xian H-6 bomber. This incarnation of the H-6, dubbed the H-6N, is designed to carry one weapon in particularthe DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile. The base H-6 is itself a derivative of the Tu-16 Badger, a Soviet designed aircraft from the dawn of jet age that took its first flight 65 years ago. China started building the Tu-16 under license as the H-6 in 1959. Since then the country has evolved the H-6 design somewhat radically, using new building materials and techniques, advanced avionics...
  • Why Soviet monuments should be protected (2014 article)

    08/15/2017 7:17:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 29, 2014 | by Agata Pyzik
    Few reminders of Soviet rule are quite as powerful as the towering statues of Vladimir Lenin that, even now, keep watch over the region. And with fears that Russia is once again in the mood for expansion, its no surprise that these monuments to the Soviet legacy are under attack. Crowds cheered as Ukrainian nationalists tore down a statue of Lenin in the centre of Ukraines second-largest city, Kharkiv, yesterday with the support of local officials. These acts show that memories of Soviet aggression are just as raw today as they were when the USSR fell. But is this...
  • India defies missile-exporting China with cruise missile sale to Vietnam

    08/14/2017 8:43:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    World Tribune ^ | August 14, 2017
    Indias sale to Vietnam of a short-range, supersonic anti-ship missile has opened a new conflict in an already tense situation with China, an analyst said. Vietnam will receive the BrahMos which is considered one of the most effective and lethal anti-ship missiles in the world, with speeds reaching Mach 2.8 to 3.0. About half of Chinas worldwide arms exports go to one country Pakistan, for the primary reason of containing India, said Hoover Institution Fellow and Geostrategy-Direct correspondent Maochun Miles Yu in a Facebook post. Now India is playing the same game by arming one of Chinas arch...
  • The New York Times wants us to believe communists have better sex

    08/14/2017 3:40:11 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2017 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    In Sundays New York Times, Kristen Ghodsee paints a glowing picture of womens lives in the former Soviet Union. From full voting rights in 1917, liberalized divorce laws, high labor force participation and yes, reportedly better sex life was supposedly much better for women. Ghodsee writes, Although the Communists never fully reformed domestic patriarchy, Communist women enjoyed a degree of self-sufficiency that few Western women could have imagined. Of course, full voting rights dont count for very much when there is always only one candidate allowed on the ballot.
  • The New York Times wants us to believe communists have better sex

    08/14/2017 2:15:49 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    In Sundays New York Times, Kristen Ghodsee paints a glowing picture of womens lives in the former Soviet Union. From full voting rights in 1917, liberalized divorce laws, high labor force participation and yes, reportedly better sex life was supposedly much better for women. Ghodsee writes, Although the Communists never fully reformed domestic patriarchy, Communist women enjoyed a degree of self-sufficiency that few Western women could have imagined. Of course, full voting rights dont count for very much when there is always only one candidate allowed on the ballot. But there is a more fundamental problem with Ghodsees...
  • Russia unveils new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets - ...

    08/14/2017 1:59:50 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 08-14-2017 | By Julian Robinson
    Full Title: Russia unveils new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets - and boasts that they will be the envy of air forces around the world Russia has unveiled its new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets, boasting that they are already the envy of air forces around the world. The 120million Sukhoi-57, which will have a top speed of 1,615 mph, is said to rival America's F-22 and China's Chengdu J-20, Kremlin officials say the fifth-generation stealth jet has been 'christened like a baby after its birth' as Su-57 and will undergo another year of testing before it enters...
  • BREAKING NEWS: North Korea recalls key ambassadors to China, Russia and the UN back to the country

    08/13/2017 9:52:33 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 64 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 14 August 2017
    North Korea has recalled several of its key ambassadors back to the country for a joint meeting in the capital. The ongoing meeting reportedly includes Ambassador Ji Jae-ryong, Ambassador Ja Song-nam and Ambassador Kim Hyong-jun, North Korea's top envoys to China, the United Nations and Russia, respectively.
  • North Koreas Missile Success Is Linked to Ukrainian Plant, Investigators Say

    08/14/2017 8:16:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | AUG. 14, 2017 | WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER
    North Koreas Missile Success Is Linked to Ukrainian Plant, Investigators Say North Koreas success in testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that appears able to reach the United States was made possible by black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines probably from a Ukrainian factory with historical ties to Russias missile program, according to an expert analysis being published Monday and classified assessments by American intelligence agencies. The studies may solve the mystery of how North Korea began succeeding so suddenly after a string of fiery missile failures, some of which may have been caused by American sabotage of its supply chains...
  • North Korea Rebukes Russias Denial of Its ICBM Launch

    08/12/2017 2:26:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | August 11, 2017 | Charlotte Gao
    North Korea Rebukes Russias Denial of Its ICBM Launch Russia called North Koreas missile fired on July 4 an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) rather than an ICBM By Charlotte Gao August 11, 2017 As The Diplomat asked earlier: why is Russia denying that North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4, 2017? North Korea is also asking the same question, and is apparently furious about Russias denial. On July 4, North Korea successfully flew an ICBM, the Hwasong-14. The ICBM launch was acknowledged around the world including United States, Japan, and South Korea but not...
  • In Moscow, Trump Portrayed as Victim of US-Russian Confrontation

    08/11/2017 11:45:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    James Town ^ | August 3, 2017 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    In Moscow, Trump Portrayed as Victim of US-Russian Confrontation Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 14 Issue: 104 By: Pavel Felgenhauer August 3, 2017 09:07 PM Age: 7 days This week (August 1), US diplomatic staff in Moscow evacuated a residence (dacha) and a tattered warehouse complex in in the capital city as part of a delayed tit-for-tat retaliation for an expulsion of Russian diplomats last December and the seizing of Russian country residences (dachas) in Maryland and Long Island. Washington had seized the properties and expelled those Russian embassy personnel as punishment for Russias alleged meddling in the 2016 US...
  • Congressional investigators to question Trump's secretary, Rhona Graff, in Russia probe

    08/11/2017 10:56:34 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 30 replies
    ABC Noose and Leftist Propaganda ^ | August 11, 2017 | Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel
    Congressional investigators want to question President Donald Trumps longtime personal secretary as part of their ongoing probe into a controversial meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, ABC News has learned.Rhona Graff, a senior vice president at the Trump Organization who has worked at Trump Tower for nearly 30 years, has acted as a gatekeeper to Trump. She remains a point of contact for the sprawling universe of Trump associates, politicians, reporters and others seeking Trump's time and attention, even now that he's in the White House.
  • Risks of N Korea-US Conflict Turning Into War are High - Lavrov

    08/11/2017 12:24:44 PM PDT · by Mariner · 41 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | August 11th, 2017 | Unattributed
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that risks of conflict between the US and North Korea turning into a full-fledged war are high, this would involve a huge number of victims. "The risks are very high, especially regarding the rhetoric [between the two countries]. We hear direct threats to use force. At the same time, US Secretary of Defense Mattis stated once again: Yes, this will involve a huge number of human casualties, and yet talks about a pre-emptive strike on North Korea, talks in Pyongyang, that it is necessary to strike the island of Guam, where several US military...
  • Russians mark Putins 18th year in power by reprising Brezhnev-style anecdotes

    08/11/2017 5:37:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Euromaidan Press ^ | 2017/08/10
    Eighteen years ago, Vladimir Putin was named Russian prime minister putting him on course to become the ruler of Russia under various titles ever since. Those born on August 9, 1999, who became legally adults today have never lived under any other leader. In the intervening period, Putin has won enormous authority not only among those who have known no other ruler but also among their elders, but he has also suffered the fate of previous Moscow rulers who remained in office a long time: he and his regime have become the subject of Russian anecdotes that resemble those Soviets...
  • Trump Thanks Putin For Ordering 755 US Diplomats Out of Embassy: Were Trying to CutPayroll

    08/10/2017 3:52:50 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Joe DePaolo
    Following the bill signed into law by President Donald Trump imposing sanctions on Russia, Vladimir Putin announced the expulsion of 755 U.S. diplomats from Russia on July 30. Trumps response to what would seem to be a hostile action on the part of Russia? Thank you. During a question and answer session with the press pool on Thursday, Trump appeared to be serious while saying that he appreciated Putins decision to expel the diplomats as it would allow the U.S. to cut costs. I want to thank him because were trying to cut down on payroll, Trump said. And as...
  • Trump says he wont fire Mueller, wants probe to wrap up

    08/10/2017 8:25:11 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Updated: 10:11 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017 | By Dave Boyer
    President Donald Trump, flanked by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, speaks to reporters after a security briefing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.